Press Releases : 2013/12

Closing Events of `Fashion: the Fall of an Industry'

Published 2013/12/06

Linder Sterling. Photographer: Paolo Roversi

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the final and closing events of
'Fashion: the Fall of an Industry'

Wednesday, 11 December, 7pm

Thursday, 12 December, 7pm

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo, Norway

OCA announces the final events of 'Fashion: the Fall of an Industry', a series of lectures analysing the period of the 1970s in Norway, which saw a decline of employment in the textile industry. Through the interplay of garments, textile-production techniques and weaving processes, artists such as Brit Fuglevaag, Elisabeth Haarr and Sidsel Paaske found expression in a worldwide wave of labour militancy, developing techniques and practices fuelled by a strong sense of political entitlement.
The programme aims to provide a historical view upon how local policies shaped different reactions in different countries and upon the alignment of global patterns of concerns.

A lecture by Wendelien Van Oldenborgh
Followed by a conversation with Mike Sperlinger
Wednesday 11 December at 7pm
Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s La Javanaise is a film exercise which centres on the circularity of relationships between a Dutch textile company, former colonies in the East Indies, the image of colonial history and current African markets within a contemporary, globalised world. It uses the example of the textile firm Vlisco, which developed a particular fabric known as ‘Dutch Wax’ or ‘Wax Hollandaise’ based on the traditional Javanese dye-resistant batik method. Under recent pressure from the imitations of Chinese producers, Vlisco now brands itself as the ‘True Original’ Dutch Wax and has relaunched as a fashion label, creating images in the Netherlands with international African top models, presenting the products to an African clientele. Proposing a set of loose connections between ideas of authenticity and imitation, trading and branding, performing and posing, presenting and becoming the image, La Javanaise features the (Norwegian-Sudanese) fashion model Sonja Wanda, the (Dutch-Surinam) artist, writer and former model Charl Landvreugd, and the (Nigerian-British) writer and theorist David Dibosa.

After the screening, Mike Sperlinger and Wendelien van Oldenborgh will embark on a discussion on ‘global image production’ with regard to this work.

Linder Sterling
in conversation with Anne Hilde Neset
Followed by Rob Young presenting an audio-illustrated lecture on the connections between textiles, costumes and philosophies of sound and performance
Thursday, 12 December at 7pm
Since emerging in the late 1970s as a key figure on the Manchester punk and post-punk scenes, Linder Sterling has transformed herself as an artist numerous times. From early photo-collages, such as her iconic cover for The Buzzcocks’ Orgasm Addict (1978), via her role as singer in Ludus (where she performed in a meat dress long before Lady Gaga could say gaga) to a series of epic and spectacular performance pieces, her visual art and mixed media work have synthesised feminist ideology and turned an irreverent aesthetic sensibility into a subversive critique of consumer society. Her recent solo retrospective at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris displayed an artist at the peak of her career and of her creativity. Over the past year, Linder has been a resident at Tate St Ives and The Hepworth Wakefield museum. For this event, Linder talks to nyMusikk’s Artistic Director Anne Hilde Neset about the relationship between costume, sound and music in her visual and performing arts, illustrating the discussion with audio and video clips.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh is an artist based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She received her art education at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London during the 1980s. Her artistic practice explores social relationships through an investigation of gesture in the public sphere. The double screen installation La Javanaise (2012) was shown at the Berlinale Forum Expanded 2013, while Bete & Deise (2012) premiered in the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Supposing I Love You. And You Also Love Me (2011) was first shown in the Danish Pavilion of la Biennale di Venezia (2011) and Pertinho de Alphaville (2010) at the 29th São Paulo Biennial 2010. Van Oldenborgh has exhibited widely in major institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the Museum Sztuki Lodz, Poland, the Van Abbemusem Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Muhka, Antwerp, Belgium. She also participated in the 4th Moscow Biennial 2011, the 11th Istanbul Biennial 2009, the Oberhausen Short Film Festival and Images Festival, Toronto 2010, where she received the Marian McMahon Award. She was also awarded the Hendrik Chabot Prize 2011 from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, The Netherlands.

Mike Sperlinger is Professor of Writing & Theory at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. He was co-founder of LUX in London, a London-based agency for artists’ moving images which holds the largest collection of artists’ film and video in Europe. He has curated many screenings and exhibitions, both for LUX and independently, and edited a number of publications including Kinomuseum: Towards An Artist Cinema (2008).

Linder Sterling is a visual artist, performance artist and musician, born Linda Mulvey in Liverpool, UK, 1954. She lives and works in Lancashire, UK. Beside her extensive work as a musician, Sterling has featured in a number of solo exhibitions and participated in major group exhibitions, including that presented at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall; The Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX, USA; the Tate Britain, London; the Rencontres d’Arles Photographie, Arles, France; the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; the PS1/Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA; and at the ICA, London, UK.

Anne Hilde Neset is the Artistic Director of the Norwegian organisation nyMusikk and contributing editor of The Wire magazine. She is also the co-founder of Electra Productions, a London-based contemporary art agency and a guest presenter on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. She has commissioned, curated and produced a number of projects, including the 'Enter' series of permanent sound installations, Stavanger, Norway (2008–2010); 'Her Noise', South London Gallery, London, UK (2005) and the film/performance commission Perfect Partner by Kim Gordon, Tony Oursler and Phil Morrison (2005), as well as the The Sounds Of Christmas by Christian Marclay at Tate Modern, London (2004). She has worked with artist Daria Martin as a music consultant developing soundtracks by Zeena Parkins and Maja Ratkje, participated in the curatorial committee for sound at London's Serpentine Gallery and devised and taught at the lecture series ‘Sound and the 20th Century Avant-Garde’ at Tate Modern.

Rob Young is a writer. His books include Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music (Faber & Faber, 2010), Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music (Continuum, 2002), The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music (Verso 2009), and a selection of newly commissioned pieces on a legendary musical genius, No Regrets: Writings On Scott Walker (Orion, 2012). He has also written the record label biographies Warp: Labels Unlimited (2005) and Rough Trade: Labels Unlimited (2006). Rob Young is contributing editor of The Wire and writes regularly for many publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Frieze, Artforum, Art Review, Uncut as well as art catalogue notes for artists such as Jeremy Deller, Carsten Nicolai and Seb Patane.

For more information about this announcement, please contact OCA's Information and Web Manager Petter Dotterud Anthun.

Refreshments will be served.

'Fashion: the Fall of an Industry' is organised in cooperation with the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO), Visual Arts Department (Kunstfag). The closing event of the programme is organised in collaboration with nyMusikk, Oslo.